International Trade

  • May 26, 2016

    ITC To Probe Chinese Steel For Unfair Trade Practices

    The U.S. International Trade Commission said Thursday it will investigate U.S. Steel's allegations that Chinese steel producers fixed prices, stole trade secrets and circumvented trade duties by misreporting the manufacturers and origins of their products.

  • May 26, 2016

    US Beats Chemical Classification Challenge

    The U.S. Court of International Trade ruled Wednesday that acrylamide tertiary butyl sulfonic acid is properly classified under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, nixing a challenge from a Georgia-based chemical company.

  • May 26, 2016

    Korean Ramen Buyers Seek Class Cert. In Price-Fixing Row

    Buyers of Korean ramen noodles asked a California federal judge Wednesday to let them pursue antitrust claims on a class basis, saying that they all overpaid for the imported noodles because of a price-fixing conspiracy.

  • May 26, 2016

    FDA Finalizes Food Safety Anti-Terorrism Rule

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized a rule Thursday that aims to prevent wide-scale harm to public health by requiring domestic and foreign companies to work to prevent intentional tampering with the U.S. food supply.

  • May 26, 2016

    EU Lawmakers Push For Negotiations In Privacy Shield Deal

    European Union lawmakers are urging the European Commission to work with the U.S. to fix “deficiencies” in the new trans-Atlantic “Privacy Shield” data transfer deal reached in February, calling it a substantial improvement from the last pact, but questioning U.S. authorities’ access to Europeans’ data.

  • May 26, 2016

    Senate Panel Approves $125M Funding Increase For CBP

    The Senate Appropriation Committee on Thursday unanimously approved a massive Homeland Security spending bill that includes a $125 million funding boost for U.S. Customs and Border Protection to address the agency’s dual role of securing U.S. borders and facilitating trade flows.

  • May 26, 2016

    DLA Piper Snags Middle East Regulatory, Arbitration Pro

    DLA Piper has added a sixth partner to its litigation, arbitration and investigations team in the Middle East, bringing on board a Chadbourne & Parke LLP alumnus who boasts substantial experience in the region in international disputes, regulatory matters and trade compliance.

  • May 26, 2016

    Fertilizer Co. Requests Review Of Ammonium Sulfate Imports

    A Texas-based nitrogen fertilizer company on Wednesday urged the U.S government to investigate Chinese exports of ammonium sulfate allegedly unfairly subsidized by the country’s government and sold in the U.S. at less than fair value.

  • May 26, 2016

    Pols Wants Answers On Colombian Drug Licensing Policy

    Fifteen Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday pressed the Obama administration to explain recent reports that it discouraged the Colombian government from issuing a license that would have invalidated a Novartis cancer drug patent to make way for a cheaper generic.

  • May 25, 2016

    CIT Partially Affirms Commerce's Taiwanese Oil Tube Finding

    The U.S. Court of International Trade has partially affirmed the U.S. Department of Commerce’s final determination in its less-than-fair-value investigation of certain oil country tubular goods from Taiwan, according to a filing unsealed on Tuesday.

  • May 25, 2016

    US Isn't Urging Foreign Biz To Deal With Iran, Senate Told

    Two Obama administration officials on Wednesday told a U.S. Senate committee that the administration is not pushing foreign banks and foreign companies to do business with Iran despite U.S. sanctions against the country, only trying to make sure they understand what is and isn’t permitted with regard to Iran.

  • May 25, 2016

    Safeway Olive Oil Buyers Get Class Cert. In False Ad Row

    A California state judge granted class certification Tuesday to buyers of Safeway store-brand olive oil who claim the products' labels say they are “imported from Italy” even though the olives are neither grown nor processed there.

  • May 25, 2016

    Faulty Troubleshooting Hurt Citi In CFTC Benchmark Probe

    The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s $425 million package of benchmark-manipulation settlements with Citibank and affiliates shows that the bank had some lapses in its effort to root out the alleged trader misconduct, potentially adding to its future legal headaches, experts say.

  • May 25, 2016

    Venezuelan Oilman Granted $1M Bail In Bribery Case

    A Venezuelan businessman who pled guilty to participating in a $1 billion conspiracy to secure energy contracts from Petroleos de Venezuela SA through bribery and fraud was granted bail ahead of his sentencing in exchange for a $1 million bond payment, according to documents filed in Texas federal court Monday.

  • May 25, 2016

    US Finalizes Tariffs On Corrosion-Resistant Steel

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Wednesday teed up final import tariffs on imports of steel used to make cars and industrial equipment from China, India and three other countries after affirming its earlier finding that the merchandise has gained an unfair advantage in the U.S. marketplace.

  • May 25, 2016

    Irish Privacy Watchdog To Seek Ruling On Data Transfer Tool

    The Irish privacy regulator said Wednesday that it is planning to ask Europe’s high court to determine if multinational companies such as Facebook can continue to use model contracts to transfer data between the EU and U.S. in light of the court’s recent invalidation of the widely used safe harbor mechanism.

  • May 25, 2016

    Trade Deals Threaten Philippines' Sovereignty, Report Says

    The Philippines could be subjected to an even tighter "legal straitjacket" affecting its sovereign ability to regulate the mining industry if a pair of proposed trade agreements likely to include investor-state dispute mechanisms move forward, according to a report released Tuesday by a Dutch research and advocacy institute.

  • May 25, 2016

    ITC Investigates TV Receivers Over Rovi's Patent Claims

    The U.S. International Trade Commission will launch an investigation into imported television receivers, in response to allegations from Rovi Corp. and Rovi Guides Inc. that certain digital video receivers and hardware and software components are infringing their patents.

  • May 25, 2016

    US Steel Says Lawmakers, Biz Back Bid To Halt China Imports

    U.S. Steel Corp. submitted thousands of signatures and letters from workers, businesses and members of Congress to U.S. trade regulators Monday in support of its effort to block imports from China’s biggest steel mills, warning of thousands of job losses if the International Trade Commission fails to act.

  • May 25, 2016

    Europe Floats Proposal On Drug Cooperation In TTIP

    The European Commission on Tuesday published its proposal for an annex to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership that would be devoted solely to working with the U.S. on drug regulations, stressing the need for faster and cheaper approval of medicines in both markets.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Tips For Negotiating And Drafting Joint E-Discovery Plans

    Anthony J. Rospert

    Courts often require parties to develop a joint e-discovery plan. But even when they are not court-imposed, parties should consider using joint e-discovery plans to promote transparency and streamline the discovery process, say Anthony Rospert and Jake Evans of Thompson Hine LLP.

  • Litigating Trade Secret Misappropriation At The ITC

    Warren S. Heit

    The U.S. International Trade Commission is fast becoming one of the preferred venues to hear trade secret misappropriation actions and is all the more relevant in light of the Defend Trade Secrets Act, say Warren Heit and James Gagen of White & Case LLP.

  • Panama Papers: Reminders About Law Firm Cybersecurity

    Sean Doherty

    Nowhere is the attractiveness of law firms as cybercrime targets more evident than the recent Mossack Fonseca hack, believed to be the most significant data theft event in history. Firms represent a treasure trove of information and historically have had dreadful cybersecurity practices. There has been some progress, but firms can also commit to better defending their information by taking a simple, three-step approach, says Sean D... (continued)

  • Implications Of A Brexit On Trade With The UK

    Ignasi Guardans

    Should the U.K. leave the European Union, it would enjoy more freedom in negotiating its own new bilateral trade treaties. But, depending on the level of integration it would be able to maintain with the union, leaving the EU could significantly compromise the U.K.'s bargaining power, say Ignasi Guardans and Alessandro Di Mario at K&L Gates LLP.

  • OPINION: Sotomayor's Solution To Pro Bono Is Incomplete

    David A. Lash

    In calling for mandatory pro bono service, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is effectively using her bully pulpit to advance the cause of access to justice for the poor. Her courageous leadership is a clarion call to action that must be heeded. But bold as it may be, the pronouncement is incomplete, says David Lash, managing counsel for pro bono at O’Melveny & Myers LLP and a member of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Creating Barclay Damon: Lessons From A Law Firm Merger

    John P. Langan

    Joining two firms with long histories meant not only combining cultures, philosophies and deeply rooted ways of doing business, but also combining two IT systems, two accounting systems, and two ways of handling many other administrative functions. It didn't help that the firms had different fiscal year ends, says John Langan, managing partner of Barclay Damon LLP.

  • Reflecting On The 20th Anniversary Of BMW V. Gore

    Andrew Frey

    On May 20, 1996, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a $2 million punitive damages award imposed for a tort that caused $4,000 in economic harm was unconstitutionally excessive. In the ensuing 20 years, BMW v. Gore has proved to be a foundational case in punitive damages jurisprudence. We were fortunate enough to have played a role in this historic decision, say Mayer Brown LLP partners Andrew Frey and Evan Tager and Maserati North Am... (continued)

  • Corporate Counsel: Consumer Becomes Provider (The Sequel)

    Mark A. Cohen

    Last week, we discussed why corporate legal departments are taking on so much more work themselves instead of outsourcing it to law firms. This is, of course, an ominous sign for law firms and the traditional partnership structure. So too is disaggregation and the emergence of legal service providers as well as others — notably the Big Four — poised to enter the gargantuan legal services market, says Mark A. Cohen of Legal Mosaic LLC.

  • TTIP Won't Come Easy On Either Side Of The Atlantic

    Paul Davies

    Sustained intercessional efforts by the U.S. and EU will be required to conclude the ambitious, high-standard Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership in a way that satisfies both sides’ interests and makes a compelling case for free trade, say Paul Davies and Charles De Jager at Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Uptick In FCPA Enforcement Suggests 2015 Drop Was Outlier

    Marc Alain Bohn

    After a relative slowdown in 2015, the pace of enforcement activity under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has increased sharply in 2016, resulting in a record 15 first-quarter enforcement actions and 17 year to date, say Marc Alain Bohn and Michael Skopets of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.